Fire Season Mild, But Not Over Yet

Despite a relatively mild fire season, fire officials want people to know that the season is not over, and to remember that some of the most destructive fires in California history have started in the Autumn months. Also, people downstream or downhill from fire damaged areas are urged to be alert for slides from steep hillsides that have lost stability that was maintained by root systems.

All the fires of the Happy Camp Complex are fully contained with the exception of the 13,900 acre Elliot Fire, which is 80% contained. The Burned Area Response Team has found that a very small portion of the fire zone- about 20%- shows high soil burn severity, compared with about 80% of last year’s McKinney Fire.

The Pearch Fire, straddling the Trinity/Siskiyou County line east of Orleans, is holding at 12,100 acres, now with 59% containment.

The Mosquito Complex in southern Del Norte County covers 33,445 acres with 42% containment.

The Smith River Complex in Del Norte County and into Oregon is 91% contained after burning 94,700 acres of mostly heavy timberlands..

Meanwhile, seasonal fire restrictions have been lifted for the Shasta-Trinity National Forest